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City of Women is an encounter with the confusion about what happens to a woman’s body over her lifetime. We become divided subjects from the beginning — separated from the womb and ourselves in birth. Then the divided mind, now we become both subject and object, observer and the observed.
The female body is a mystery as is the psyche. The house is the body and the body is the house. A woman’s life is defined by her seasonality and whether she will be able to move forward as her body and life change. Women rely on each other, sometimes they are bound together in sisterhood, sometimes weighed down by responsibility, indebtedness, enslavement. They can travel in isolation; sometimes they move together. Their bodies are inscribed with markings; there is surrender to the fate of the body, destiny, death.
A woman’s body is a meditation.
Francesca Schwartz, PhD merges psychoanalysis with her background in the performing and fine arts. She is on faculty at IPTAR and has private practice in New York where she specializes in treating emerging artists. Pieces from her Series I appeared in the CLIO Art Fair, NYC, March 2018.
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